Curtains

Curtains

Adventures of An Undertaker-in-training

Book - 2010
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At forty-four, Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? With the marketplace offering new options (go green, go anti-corporate, go Disney, be packed into an artificial reef and dropped in the Atlantic...), is there still room for tradition? In a year of adventures both hair-raising and hilarious, Jokinen finds a world that is radically changed since Jessica Mitford revised The American Way of Death , more surprising than Six Feet Under , and even funnier and more illuminating than Stiff . If Bill Bryson were to apprentice at a funeral home, searching for the meaning of life and death, you'd have Curtains .
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Da Capo Press, c2010
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306818912
0306818914
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 363.75 JOKINEN 2010
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 23 cm

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At forty-four Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? If Bill Bryson were to apprentice at a funeral home, searching for the meaning of life and death, you'd have Curtains.

At forty-four Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? If Bill Bryson were to apprentice at a funeral home, searching for the meaning of life and death, you'd have Curtains.


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Cynthia_N Dec 16, 2014

I finished the book with more knowledge and enjoyed reading it.

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bette108
Jul 08, 2012

A witty and informative look at the funeral parlour business, but also a touching and provocative thesis on our practices for the dead. Also, if you are a Winnipeger (past or present), a bit of nostalgia as well.

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PamelaL
Feb 06, 2012

I'm working on a degree in Thanatology and this book was a romp and full of really pertinent detatil information about the current state of the funeral business, the changes that its facing and a personal look at the people who keep the trade. Sometimes gritty, sometimes tearful and always, an interesting fun read.

q22 Feb 02, 2012

If you don't have a good understanding of the funeral/internment process in Canada this gives one a very good understanding of it. It makes you think about how your own funeral should be arranged, And it does it in a lighthearted, entertaining, humourous manner that I think most people will enjoy.

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twiggyshui
Sep 04, 2011

Interesting read not grime by any sense, more a look behind the curtain of death and how traditional undertakers are having to look into adapting new rituals and revenue schemes.

LisaGirl Jul 02, 2011

Interesting! I've never read anything on this topic before, and Tom Jokinen gave unique insight into the funeral industry. He also has a great sense of humour! Never did I think I'd be laughing out loud reading about death and the aftermath....but I did! I'd recommend this book....if you can stomach it (the author goes into great detail on embalming, cremation and the like).

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Queen_Bee
Jul 02, 2010

An interesting examination of the funeral industry and our attitudes/fears/expectations around death. Definitely thought provoking - I have done some rethinking on how I want my own funeral arrangements to be handled. The book is not all serious - there are some amusing portions - and it is highly entertaining.

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Methinks
Feb 23, 2012

...there are three details on every headstone: the name , and two moment sin time, the date of birth and the date of death. But between those moments in time is a dash, and that, she tells u is the mos timportant part of the headstone.

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